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Washington D.C. – The 115th Congress has taken unprecedented steps to secure our nation and defend its citizens from foreign aggression. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on the House’s work to ensure a stronger and safer America:

“Congress has taken large strides to counter global threats to the United States and our interests.

“The days of leading from behind and undermining our military are behind us. Working closely with the Trump Administration, the House is making sure that adversaries such as China, Russia, North Korea, and Iran are held accountable for their aggression. These regimes are facing strong consequences for technology theft, election interference, ballistic missile development, and other acts that threaten our security and sovereignty.

“For the first time in 25 years, Congress overhauled how the federal government regulates foreign investment to protect against the Chinese threat. The Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act closed loopholes in our system so China can no longer acquire sensitive advanced technologies and simultaneously undermine our defense industrial base.

“Through the ‘Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act,’which was signed into law, North Korea, Iran, and Russia face intense and expansive sanctions that derail their ability to harm America and Americans. The House also passed the ‘Otto Warmbier North Korea Sanctions Act’ which would strengthen Congress’ oversight of sanctions on North Korea.

“The House’s sanctions and other measures have made America’s position clear: We will work aggressively to protect our interests and prevent aggression by foreign powers.”

Additional Sanctions Legislation:

H.R. 1644 – Korean Interdiction and Modernization of Sanctions. PASSED.

H.R. 390 – Iraq and Syria Genocide Emergency Relief. PASSED.

H.R. 3329 – Hizballah International Financing Prevention Amendments Act. PASSED.

H.R. 3342 – Sanctioning Hizballah’s Illicit Use of Civilians as Defenseless Shields Act. PASSED.

H.R. 1698 – Iran Ballistic Missiles and International Sanctions Enforcement Act. PASSED.

H.R. 1638 – Iranian Leadership Asset Transparency Act. PASSED.

H.R. 4324 – Strengthening Oversight of Iran’s Access to Finance Act. PASSED.

H.R. 4744 – Iran Human Rights and Hostage Taking Accountability Act. PASSED.

H.R. 5841 – Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act. PASSED.

H.R. 5105 – Better Utilization of Investments Leading to Development Act (BUILD Act). PASSED.